Tournament Rules

The committee reserves the right to minor changes to the rules and format of the tournament, if necessary.

Tournament Rules for each tournament will be posted ahead of the tournament for your reference.

   This tournament is a sanctioned Hockey Alberta Tournament. 


The committee reserves the right to minor changes to the rules and format of the tournament if necessary.


Tournament Rules:


  • Tournament Schedule


Each team will play their game in accordance with the tournament schedule. Each team is guaranteed four games. 

All teams must be ready to start at the scheduled time.  If a team is not ready to start at the scheduled time, the clock will start, and the offending team will receive a “Delay of Game Penalty” which will commence when the offending team takes to the ice.  If a team has not taken to the ice to begin play within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time, they will forfeit the game. 


  • Ice Time


Each game will have 2 hours of ice. Game time will consist of a 5-minute warm-up, 3 x 20 minutes periods of stop time.  There will be a 2 minute break between the first and second period. There will be a flood between the second and third period of play.  The clock will drop when there is five minutes of ice remaining to 2 minutes of stop time.

Round robin games that end in a tie will stand. Teams must be off the ice at the conclusion of their scheduled ice time.

If a tournament final game ends in a tie during regulation time, the tie will be broken by a SHOOTOUT.

  • The HOME team will choose who shoots first in the shoot-out 
  • Each team will pick 3 shooters. If it is still a tie after three shooters, then it will become a sudden death shootout. A team may not use the same shooter twice until all members of the team have shot. 


       Heart & Hustle are to be awarded on the ice.


  • Rules



Referees will be provided for all games.  All decisions made by the Referees will be final and NO GRIEVANCE WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THESE CALLS.


  • Suspensions


Game misconducts and major penalties will be forwarded Michelle Anhorn for ruling.  Players are not able to play until this ruling is received, made and given to the coach. 

Notice of all suspensions during the Tournament will be forwarded (with a full report of the circumstances) to the player’s regular league officials.  

No player who is suspended in her/his regular league can play in the Tournament until her/his suspension is lifted by their regular league officials.

MAJOR PENALTIES for FIGHTING, GROSS MISCONDUCTS: Any player receiving the aforementioned penalties will automatically be ejected from the tournament regardless of how many games remain. Example: a player fights in the first period of the first game and gets a 5 min major and is removed from the game by the refs. The zone director then gives them a 1 game suspension, they will still not be permitted to return to any games during the tournament despite serving their suspension. 



  •  Game Report


Game sheets can be signed at the registration desk (raffle table) NO EARLIER than 30 minutes prior to the game time. The head coach must sign the game sheet prior to the team taking the ice. If a head coach is not present an assistant may sign that will be on the bench. 


  • Respect 


   Coaches, players or fans that are abusive to officials, players, tournament organizers or arena staff, will be asked to  leave the arena and     are not permitted return for the balance of the tournament.

Team officials are responsible for their teams’ conduct on and off the ice and will be ensuring their players conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at ALL times. 

Teams will be given one warning if the behavior of their coaches, players or fans are in violation of our respect policy after that the team will be removed from the tournament. Teams being asked to leave because of abusive behaviors will not be given a refund. 


  • Eligibility


Teams must be registered and in good standing with Hockey Canada.  Proof of registration must be available upon request.  Participating teams must have a sanction permit or letter of permission to participate in the Tournament from their Hockey Canada branch.  Affiliates must be on your official Hockey Canada roster and this roster must be submitted to Michelle Anhorn before game one begins.  


  •  Composition of Teams


Each team may register nineteen (19) properly registered and affiliated players. You may only have (19) players on the bench at each game, 17 skaters and 2 goalies. 


  • Player Eligibility                                                                                                                            


Players participating in the tournament must meet the Hockey Canada age categorization and must be properly registered with Hockey Canada. Pickups are ineligible. If it is proven that a team has registered/listed an ineligible player, that team will be automatically disqualified from the Tournament, and notice of such irregularity will be forwarded by the Tournament Rules/Discipline Committee to the team’s regular league officials. A player whose team has been eliminated from Tournament play may not play for another team in the Tournament. Team managers will properly submit their team’s roster of players eligible to play to Tournament officials, and will have the necessary supporting documentation, being a valid Hockey Canada registration sheet or equivalent available for examination by Tournament officials at the time of initial registration, if requested.  

  1.         Team Colors 

      All Airdrie teams have two colors of jerseys. Home teams shall where their darks and away teams shall wear their whites. If your team only has one set, please make sure to check with the other team to make sure your colors are far enough apart. Please bring both sets of jerseys to your games to avoid colour conflicts.  


  •  Home/Visiting Team 


Home/visiting teams are pre-determined for Round Robin play.  Airdrie teams will always be listed as the home team in their round robin games.  For the playoff round, the home team will be decided by the following:          

  • the home team will be the team with the highest standing from the round robin play.


  • Mandatory Equipment


All players must wear certified equipment as mandated by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta and your local minor hockey association.


  • Dressing Rooms


Dressing rooms must be left clean after each game.  A $250 fine will be assessed to teams that do not leave their dressing room clean. 


  • Round Robin


Round Robin games will consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop-time periods and, no overtime will be played in the Round Robin.  A tie game in the round robin will stand.  

  1. Round Robin Play Points 
    1. Tournament  play standings will be calculated as follows: 
      1. Win..................2 pts 
      2. Loss..................0 pts 
      3. Tie....................1 pt 
      4. Fair Play.............0.5 pt 
    2. During Round robin play each team shall earn 1 Fair Play point per completed game providing they do not exceed the penalty threshold for said game. 
    3. If a referee incident report is written for member of a team’s admin (Head Coach/Assistant Coach/Trainer/Manager etc) or a spectator for said team, that team will forfeit their Fair Play point regardless of their penalty minutes in that game. 
  2. Team Penalty Minute Thresholds 
    1. U11.....................12 mins 
    2. U13/U15..................14 mins 
    3. U18.............................16 mins 

In the case of a tie in a pool at the conclusion of the Round Robin, the pool standings will be determined as follows:  

  1. Head-to-Head (A & B) Team that won head-to-head game ranks higher.  
  2. The better Round Robin tournament record of goals for and against differential.
  3. The team with the fewest penalty minutes
  4. Coin Toss

   In the event of a tie between three (or more) teams, Pool standings will be determined by:

  1. The better Round Robin tournament record of goals for and against differential.
  2. The team with the fewest penalty minutes
  3. Coin toss.


  1. Heart and Hustle  

Coaches will choose one (1) player from their own team, after each game, to receive the ‘Heart & Hustle’ award.  All coaches and players from both teams must remain on the ice until all Heart & Hustle and/or medals are awarded.  

  1. Final games

Final game schedule will be posted on the tournament website after the conclusion of the final game for your division. Please check for schedules.  The top 2 teams from each division will be given a cash prize.  This prize can be collected in the boardroom at Ron Ebbesen. 

  1. Grievances 

Must be presented in writing and a $100 cash fee be applied to application. All grievance committee decisions will be final, and the fee will be refunded if the grievance is accepted.

  1. Lotteries/Raffle

The tournament offers 50/50 lotteries at most games, as well as an overall tournament 50/50. No additional lotteries and/or raffles may be operated within the arenas during the tournament.

  1. Pucks 

      Pucks will not be provided for warm up. Every team needs to bring their own practice pucks for warm up 


  1. Arenas 

Arena operations signing and staff must be obeyed and respected.  The ice surfaces being utilized for this tournament are as follows:

REA is Ron Ebbesen Arena

200 East Lake Crescent

Airdrie AB


Ice Surfaces Are Blue and Murray 

Genesis is Genesis Place Recreation Complex

800 East Lake Blvd NE

Airdrie AB

T4A 2K9

Ice Surfaces Are Shane and Rockyview (RVC)

Plainsmen is Plainsmen Arena

310 Centre Ave.

Airdrie AB


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